I started this book yesterday…it’s a middle grade one...and I finished it early this morning along with a really good cup of coffee in a Christmas mug. This book was so sweet and sad and profound. It’s about a family…a Catholic family with 9 kids. The kids are not cared for very well…that’s the sad part. But the older sisters literally get a young sister to raise and care for…that’s sad yet sweet. The father works three jobs…the mother is distracted, busy, very religious and often abusive. It might not sound beautiful but the story teller in this book is the youngest child…Antoinette Elizabeth Bianchi. She is smart and dyslexic and knows how to keep secrets. I loved this book. This was a thoughtful book.
Now I think I am reading this…
The kids aren’t alright
This book may be new to American readers, but it’s already a big hit in France where it won the prestigious Prix Goncourt. Author Leïla Slimani taps into a terrifying possibility: the idea that a nanny would intentionally hurt the family he or she works for. In this chilling novel, a well-off French family hires a woman named Louise to look after their children while they are at work. At first, all is well with Louise. But then, the relationship starts to go south, and it becomes terrifyingly apparent that Louise is capable of the unimaginable. This novel is upsetting, incisive, and unforgettable.
I am kind of sad today…an acquaintance said some really mean things to Den and to me. The words were hurtful and painful and took me quite by surprise. We try so hard to be gracious to everyone we meet. We are all about respect. This person may actually hate us. This person most likely does hate us. My heart is heavy knowing I am hated. I don’t think I have ever been this hated. So…I am trying to learn how to deal with this hatred. Not too many people know that we have this in our lives…most of the time I can forget about it but it’s always there. It’s the sad little seed that can be contained or let loose. Yesterday it was loosened and I have to figure out how to contain it again. I hope I can manage it.